Independent Bookstores in Rhode Island to Pick Up a New Read

Head to your local independent bookstore and browse their selection of fantasy, fiction, biographies and more. 

Photo from Inkfish Books Facebook Page.

This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.


Looking to get lost in a good book this summer? Head to your local independent bookstore and browse their selection of fantasy, fiction and more.

1. Books on the Square

A favorite in Wayland Square for readers of all ages, Books on the Square, offers mobile ordering and curbside pickup of their books, plus limited in-store browsing Monday through Saturday. Pickup is contactless after you call and let staff know you’re parked outside.

The details: 471 Angell St., Providence, 401-331-9097,


2. Symposium Books

Symposium Books in downtown Providence offers new, used and bargain books and is open daily for in-person shopping (plus al fresco shopping on Open Air Saturdays, when Westminster Street is closed to traffic). It offers book deliveries with DASH Bicycle, and you can browse and order online, too.

The details: 240 Westminster St., Providence, 401-273-7900, 


3. Barrington Books

A community hub for those who love reading, Barrington Books  offers in-store shopping, local home delivery and curbside pickup at both locations. Visit the website to shop and order online.

The details: 184 County Rd., Barrington, 401-245-7925; 176 Hillside Rd., 401-432-7222, Cranston,


4. Wakefield Books

Wakefield Books is dedicated to meeting all your literary needs. Shop in-person Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or  the website to place an order for curbside pickup or shipment.

The details: 160 Old Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield, 401-792-0000, 


5. Island Books

Serving Newport County since 1933, Island Books is a must-stop shop in Wyatt Square. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for indoor browsing and also offers shipping.

The details: 575 East Main Rd., Middletown, 401-849-2665,


6. Ink Fish Books

Do you have a passion for books and culture? This woman-owned book shop does, too. The shop is open for browsing Wednesday noon to 3 p.m., Thursday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m., plus free curbside pickup, local delivery and shipping of prepaid purchases.

The details: 488 Main St., Warren, 401-368-6827,


7. Stillwater Books

Dawn and Steven Porter have opened one of Rhode Island’s newest bookstores with over 6,000 books and counting. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with social distancing guidelines in place, but will continue to provide online orders and curbside pickup.

The details: 175 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-475-1979,